Black & Red Clinical Leaders

Jeffry L. Nestler, MD
Chief of Gastroenterology
Medical Co-Director
Digestive Disease Center

William V. Sardella, MD
Chief of the Department of Surgery
Medical Co-Director
Digestive Disease Center

Lindsey R. Meehan, PA-C, MPAS
Director of Operations
Digestive Disease Center



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Black & Red 2020

the Digestive Disease Center
at Hartford Hospital
Saturday, January 25, at
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

An estimated 60 to 70 million people in the United States suffer from digestive disorders, which include a wide spectrum of conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, and small and large intestine.
The causes of these disorders range from infections, inflammatory conditions, to cancer. While some digestive disorders can be solved with simple lifestyle changes, chronic conditions like Crohn’s disease and life-threatening illnesses like colorectal and other gastrointestinal (GI) tract cancers require lifelong management, resulting in thousands of physician and emergency rooms visits in Connecticut annually. In the United States there are over 15 million emergency department visits and 3 million hospital admissions for patients with GI disease. Expenditures for GI diseases total $135.9 million annually—greater than for other common diseases such as heart disease.

Hartford HealthCare is elevating excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders that affect the GI tract with the advancement of the Digestive Disease Center at Hartford Hospital.

In partnership with one of the largest gastroenterology practices in the nation, Connecticut GI, the Hartford Hospital Digestive Disease Center specializes in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to provide high-quality, leading-edge disease treatment. To ensure that patients with GI disorders receive the best possible experience, our physicians collaborate across multiple disciplines, including gastroenterology, surgery, nutrition, oncology, radiology, and pathology.

Hartford Hospital and Hartford HealthCare are committed to providing thousands of people in the region who suffer from digestive disorders with a comprehensive resource for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The center will provide care for the most complex digestive diseases, offering advanced diagnostic and treatment options, a coordinated patient experience, and increased access to our multidisciplinary team.

Money raised through the 2020 Black & Red will support the continued development of state-of-the-art programs and services for patients navigating digestive disorders.

For information about Black & Red sponsorship opportunities, download our guide
or contact Carla Burgess, director of development, at or 860.972.1932.



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